2016-2017 Dancers

Jonathan Phelps

Jonathan spent 25 years with the VRDC and he is greatly missed! Thank you Jonathan. You are loved.

1985 Nut1988 – Mercy Street
1989 – Clouds of Crying Witnesses
1990 – Vagabondage
1991 – Threads
1992 – Strange Places
1994 – Waiting for Trains (trilogy)
1995 – Too Many Monkeys
1996 – Rhapsody in Blue
1997 – The Dove and the Olive Branch
1999 – Birds and Airplanes (trilogy)
1999 – Lyrics No Voices
2000 – Rapture
2001 – While in Bed    2
003 – Road Kill (trilogy)
2006 – A Murder of Crows
2008 – Too Many Monkeys (restaged)
2009 – Shine


VRDC Hall of Fame

Kassidy Gagliardi

Currently at Montclair State University studying to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. Also teaches dance at Dance Xplosion.

Lia Stiles

Currently attending Monmouth University for her Masters in Social Work.  On the Monmouth University Dance Team,  a sister at Alpa Omicron Pi, and the administrative assistant for the Greek Senate.

Gwen Baraniecki Zwil

Graduated with a BFA in Dance and a double major in Political Science from NYU with honors.  Currently a MSc of Dance Science candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London.

Jackie Martine

Graduated Arcadia University. Director of Annual Giving and Volunteer Engagement for the YMCA, where she also teaches group fitness classes including Zumba, Hip Hop Pilates and and Sculpt and Flow.

Kelly Ryan West

Currently Producer for Stage 3 Productions-“Seeking Solutions with Suzanne”

Anita Asselta Formisano

Former Professional Dancer at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City

Max LeFevre:

Professional Model in Paris, France

Joseph Onorato

Currently Manager for Radio City Music Hall, Rockettes: Stage Manager, Producer for several off-Broadway shows, guest professor at New School University in New York

Kimberly Chapman

BFA: Juilliard – Professional Dancer: Eliot Feld Ballet, Dance Professor at University at University of Las Vegas, Performer with Balley’s Hotel and Casino-Las Vegas, Ballet Mistress with the Cincinnati Ballet, Currently Artistic Director of the VRDC.

Katie Schoch Coltri

BA: Glassboro State College – Library Media Specialist-Dr. JP Cleary Middle School, Ballet Mistress and Assistant Choreographer for Maxine’s Dance Studio, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the VRDC

Patti Pollard

Former Professional Performer with Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City

Monique LeFevre

Professional Dancer with Magician Lance Burton at Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, currently studying to become a veterinarian

Ronald Franceschini

Physical Therapist, and currently on the Board of Education for Vineland Public Schools

Christopher Chapman

Dual Degree: Civil Engineering & Financial Management – Drexel University – Currently on the Vineland Housing Authority, Former Technical Director and Lighting Designer for VRDC and RDA/NE festivals

Lisa D’Augustino Kucia

Dance Instructor – Dennis, Massachusetts

Heather DeLussa

BFA: Juilliard – Artistic Co-Director in New York City


Gina Toffenetti Guertin

Physical Therapist working primarily with neurological patients, specializing in spinal cord injuries.  Formerly of Craig Hospital, one of the top SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) clinics in the world, located in Michigan.

Kristin Mazzoni Cullinane

BS: Accounting-Rutgers University – Senior Accountant – Atlantic County Improvement Authority, member, Former Vice President

Janeen Amico Capizola

Former Dance Teacher and Choreographer in Milan, Italy

Crissy Amico Borowski

BS in Journalism: Ohio University,  Masters of Science from Long Island University – Former dance teacher (all forms) on Long Island, NY, Currently English (Language Arts) Teacher-Omni Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida.  Choreographer, Cumberland County College.

Nicole Ternay Simonin

BFA: Dance-Radford University – Professional Dancer with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, National Ballet of New Jersey, the Peninsula Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet for “Shut Up and Dance”. Former Ballet Mistress and Choreographer for the VRDC.  Owner, Shape It Up, LLC.

Debbie Blinder Welch

BA: Dance-Stockton State College – Dance Teacher, Choreographer and Director of a Modern Company in Florida

Jason Sparks

Juilliard – Salon owner and Hair Care Specialist-Philadelphia, PA

Melissa Festa Gehres

BS Biology from Stockton College, MBA in Technology Management from University of Phoenix.  Global manager of Regulatory Affairs / Pharmacovigilance for the small volume injectable drug division of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Heather Lipson  Bell

Has worked with the Los Angeles, Dallas, and Palm Beach Operas; New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Symphony, Cabrillo Music Theater, South Bay CLO, Musical Theater Guild, City Ballet of Los Angeles,Helios Dance Theater, Bethune Theatredanse, Wenta Ballet of LA, and La Danserie.  Her
choreography has been presented nationally on stage & screen. She is a certified flexibility technician, a movement specialist for the mentally and physically challenged.

Bruce McCormick

BFA Dance- Juilliard. Former Professional Dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal, Canada), The Bavarian State Ballet (Munich, Germany), and Former Soloist and Ballet Master with the Bern Ballet (Bern, Switzerland).  Former Assistant Artistic Director/ Rehearsal Director with North Netherlands Dance.  MFA in Dance at the University of Washington and current assistant professor there.

Nicole Ney

Has worked for Nickelodeon and was a professional dancer in San Diego, California

Amy Letizia Megules

BFA: SUNY Purchase – Toured with Joffrey Ballet of Chicago; Professional Dancer with the American Repertoire Ballet Company (formerly Princeton Ballet); Forme Master Teacher for the Cincinnati Ballet, American Repertoaire Ballet  and VRDC.

Julie Barber-Testa

BA: Theatre Arts-Montclair State University – Miss New Jersey 2001 and participated in the Miss America Pageant; received $30,000 grant to awareness of Mental Health Issues. Professional Performer

Nicole T. Duane

Rowan University – Accountant SJ Industries, former VRDC Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chairperson Fundraising Committee, Choreographer/Consultant Millville Senior High’s Spring Musical

Philip Colucci

BFA: Dance-Juilliard – former professional dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet; Master Teacher and Choreographer for the VRDC, formerly with Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago.  Now a practicing Doctor in New York.

Sabrina Spencer

Doctoral Candidate at MIT in Computational and Systems Biology studying the mathematics of cancer progression.  Her research is conducted at Harvard University.  In her free time, she dances competitively with the MIT Ballroom Dance Team and has taken up skiing.

Kelly Bocchetti Millar

BS: Human Resources-University of Delaware – former Ballet Mistress with the Delaware Ballet, current Ballet Mistress/Choreographer for the VRDC and Director of the Delaware Dance Festival

Vanessa Vander

BFA:Exercise Physiology & Masters in Physical Therapy: UMD of NJ – Dancer for the Philadelphia Soul; Physical Therapist at Underwood Memorial Hospital; Master Dance Teacher at various dance schools in South Jersey

Jillian Dannenberger DiBiase

BA: Dance-SUNY Purchase

Zachary Schwab

Studied at SUNY Purchase – former Professional Dancer with the Cedar Lake II Dance Ensemble, Missouri; Guest Dancer with the VRDC, also a former dancer  with Rebecca Davis Dance Company in Philadelphia, PA

Rosalia Chann

BFA: University of the Arts, Philadelphia-Dance Studies. Dancer with BalletX, director Matthew Neenam

Jenna Dannenberger

Scholarship Graduate-University of Hartford: The Hartt School-Dance Performance. Professional Dancer: Adam Miller Dance Project, Configurations Dance Theatre, Eryc Taylor Dance, Contempra Dance Theatre. Currently Master Teacher, Choreographer & Guest Artist for the VRDC, and MSD Staff Teacher.

Jamison Goodnight                              1995-2004

Scholarship Student- SUNY Purchase-Dance Studies

Alyssa Fantini

Scholarship Student – University of Hartford: Hartt School- Dance Studies

Jaimi Molinelli

Current school teacher and former VRDC Board Member

Richy Romero

Current professional dancer with First State Ballet.